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Fire suppression

From: Jim Coddington <jim_coddington>
Date: Friday, June 15, 2001
Roger Wulff <museplan [at] erols__com> writes

>At the present time, the best, safest, and least costly system is a
>dry pipe water sprinkler system (besides the building code in your
>area may mandate it).

Roger Wulff perhaps states the case for dry pipe sprinkler systems a
little too strongly. While he is indeed right that building codes
may decide the issue for you, what is best, safest and cheapest is
open to discussion. On the Museum Security/Fire Prevention web site
itself <URL:> Nicholas Artim argues
that wet pipe sprinklers offer many advantages. In the end whatever
system one decides to install will be chosen on the basis of the
particular situation, building, collection etc., rather than a
prescribed "best" system.

Jim Coddington
Chief Conservator
The Museum of Modern Art

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:4
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Received on Friday, 15 June, 2001

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